NYC Marathon Info for Achilles International Athletes and Guides

Pick up your race materials at the Expo: Javits Center, 11th Avenue at 35th Street

  • Thursday, Oct. 29 from 10 am to 6:30 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 30 from 10 am to 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 31 from 9 am to 4:30 pm

Free shuttle buses will operate to and from Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal. There is also public transportation to the Javits Center via the M34 and M42 bus routes.

All chapter leaders are invited to attend the Achilles Chapter Workshop at The Holiday Inn on 57th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues at  4 pm on Friday, Oct. 30.

Achilles Welcome Reception/Dinner

Friday, Oct. 30 from 6 pm to 9 pm at The Holiday Inn on West 57 Street between 9th and 10th Avenues. This dinner is for all Achilles athletes participating in the 2015 ING NYC Marathon, their Guides and Marathon Charity Entrants. Each guest that is not an official athlete or guide will be asked to pay $40 at the door.

Saturday, Oct. 31

New York City Chapter Workout
10 am
- Gather at 9 East 89th Street between Madison Ave and Fifth Avenue  - We walk over to Central Park's entrance at East 90th Street and Fifth Avenue at 10:15 am and pair ambulatory athletes and volunteer guides for a short run around the park.

Handcycle Tuneup and loading of handcycles for transportation to the start
11 am to 1:30 pm  Meet outside the Union League Club, 38 E 37th St, NYC (near Park Ave) -- Your handcycle will be tagged and loaded into trucks which will delivered to a safe, protected location near the start line.
Marathon Day!  Sunday, Nov. 1
meeting place: Fifth Avenue, 38th Street

  • All pushrims and handcycles that missed yesterday’s tune-up and transport option will be loaded at 4 am. If you arrive thereafter, the condition of your equipment cannot be assured.
  • The buses await you on Fifth Avenue between W 37th and W 39th Streets.  We begin loading people at 4:30 am.
  • Early start, handcycle and wheelchair competitors should leave before 5:30 am
  • LAST BUS with Ambulatory Disabled athletes LEAVES AT 6 am SHARP!!!
  • See Sarah Green, whom many of you will meet at the Expo Guide Booth,  if you cannot find your Guide/Athlete marathon morning. 
  • Know your Start Time/Corral
  • Handcyclists: Your day chair can be checked as baggage. Have it labeled properly before loading onto the bus. Make sure removable accessories (cushions, backrests, etc.) are secured to the daychair so they are not lost in transport.
  • Have your baggage labeled properly – and do not put valuables such as cell phones, passports, keys, currency, etc., into baggage check
  • Each athlete/guide should carry a phone and know the numbers of their guides/athlete and an emergency contact
  • Staten Island Start Area is located in the Green Village.
  • After you cross the Finish Line, move to the left and look for our exit!  Show your Achilles T-shirt so we don’t let you pass us by.
  • Achilles Athletes With Disabilities Family Reunion is located on W 72nd Street, outside park, across Central Park West.
  • Know your hotel, location for post-race return and have a friend meet you.
  • If you can walk, the subway is the fastest way to return to your hotel or home.
  • Limited van service (first-come, first served) is available from the W 72 St Reunion Area to W 33 St and 8 Avenue.  The wait for a ride can be long, so be prepared to wait, take a taxi, or mass transit.
  • Local athletes: Please have a friend meet you to see you home.

For those of you who are driving into NYC, here is a great link for parking garage research: If you want to park near the end of the marathon for a quick getaway, the neighborhood is West 70s and the cross streets are “Central Park West and 72 St” – Parking reservations are recommended.